What’s in a name?
Many times people will bring to question the value of a name. My mother was a school teacher for over 20 years and has many stories of names that kids had that amazed her.
When people would come to know God in the bible, many times their names would be changed. There is significance and importance to a name.
My wife and I got the privilege to bring in the 5th member of our family, Jonathan Ezra Singleton this past week, October 21st 2013 at 9:33am. He was 7lbs and 4 oz.
When I tell people his name, many are thrown off. Jonathan sounds typical. Nothing out of touch with many names in our culture. But Ezra seems old or weird. But there is more to it then just random names my wife and I picked.
Jonathan In the Hebrew literally means “YHWH has given”. God’s gift to us. And when seeing the story of Jonathan and David, we have hopes that our son can be a friend like Jonathan was to David.
Regarding Ezra, many people don’t understand why we would give him that name. In college I had a bible class just for the book of Ezra. I was amazed at this man.
He was a man extremely committed to God’s word above all things. He was a scribe and priest that led the people towards God when they had culturally rebelled against him.
10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.
When I began dating my wife, I was approached for being in an interracial relationship. I was told it was unbiblical and that I needed to repent. Those approaching me didn’t know that I had studied the passage they were taking out of context.
God’s people had began marrying pagans who worshipped false gods. Ezra came and spoke against this. He called the people to come back to God and repent of their lifestyles.
6 And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
(Ezra brought in after the wall of Jerusalem was rebuilt to lead Gods people)
Unfortunately, sin will cause people to translate Gods words into their own initiatives with no regard for truth. Thankfully, I knew the word and could correct such horrible perceptions.
Our prayer for our son is that he would be like Jonathan and Ezra in the bible. Committed to Gods word and ready to lead people towards God.